Sunday, November 29, 2020
If you have read the “God’s Promise for His Children” for today, you will find the 24th verse has mighty words for us on how to measure success. We have what the world uses for measuring success and what God uses for measuring success.
By the world’s standards, success is usually measured by three criteria: wisdom, power and wealth. The “successful” communicate insights that influence others (wisdom), gain strategic advantage of others (power), or accumulate and control resources (wealth).
Yet God asserts here that these attainments hold no weight with Him and that true success is measured by our knowledge and obedience of Him (verse 24).
Both “understand” and “know” contain the idea of ascertaining something through the process of seeing (Job 42:5). To know God is to encounter Him (2nd Corinthians 3:16-18), to receive “revelation” from Him as, through the Scriptures, He implants His thought into our minds (1st Corinthians 2:9-12).
We are to pursue this “knowing,” and to cultivate communion with Him as His character engulfs us with the holy wonder of God who passionately desire intimate friendship with those whom He has created. We are not some nothing, roaming around this planet, endlessly with hope and love … but God loves His creation and wants to be our God and our friend.
You are loved, Pastor Don